After the arrest Williams claims "I took the blame for somebody; I didn't do anything." Apparently Williams was shopping with a friend, and as they walked out of the Macy's -- the store alarm went off. His friend then told him he had taken three shirts, and Williams agreed to hold them -- and surrender to the police. Williams has not named his friend, claiming "If he got in trouble for this, he would be in jail...So I took his back."
This creates all kinds of questions in my mind:
- Why would Williams, a Buckeye football player take the blame and risk his scholarship and future on something he did not do ?
- Was his friend another football player ?
- Did he take the blame because he knew as an OSU football player he would be treated easier ?
- What was he doing shopping in Dayton during finals week ?
Williams was booked and released. He faces an arraignment hearing Tuesday in Municipal Court. The charge is a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. If Williams is suspended, it will be a significant loss for the Buckeyes as he had worked his way into their defensive rotation and was making tackles.
Williams is the third Ohio State player arrested this year. On July 4, defensive back Eugene Clifford was charged with misdemeanor assault after a bar fight in Cincinnati. On July 26, defensive tackle Doug Worthington was charged with drunken driving on campus.